Amsterdam Westport has a surface of more than 35km2. The district mainly consists of offices and is still growing rapidly. The modern buildings and offices are located next to the biggest harbor of Amsterdam, the Westport. Within the district Ruigoord can be found, an old painters village full of history. Businesspeople like to stay at the Westport, in which more than 2200 businesses are located.
The eastern part of Amsterdam is nice and cozy and has a great architectural history. Most of the buildings were constructed during the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. In the 80’s, the city of Amsterdam invested a lot of money to renovate the district. Ever since, the district has developed into a mixture of cultures and backgrounds. In the beautiful Easter Park multicultural activities take place all year round. On the recently renovated Dappermarkt goods from all over the world can be found on a market. Also the famous Tropical Museum is located in Amsterdam- East. This museum houses a complete collection on the colonial history of The Netherlands. The colorful Amsterdam-East district is lively and full of surprises.
The district Amsterdam-North is located North of the IJ- lake and has over 86.000 inhabitants. After the opening of the North sea channel in 1876 Amsterdam needed a bigger industrial area. The Northern district was selected for this. Heavy industries such as shipbuilding took place here. In a short period the area developed into the main industrial area of Amsterdam. Currently the industry has moved and the factories made place for residential areas with big gardens and lots of green. The inhabitants mainly consist of families with children. People enjoy their leisure time in ‘Het Vliegenbos’, a huge park in Amsterdam North. There is a tunnel between Amsterdam North and the centre which makes it easy to access the centre by tram, bus or car.
Amsterdam-South (Business District)
South of the Leidseplein is the 19th century Museum quarter, part of the Amsterdam-South district. It is a wealthy and beautiful district where the most important museums can be found: The Rijksmuseum, Stedelijkmuseum and The Van Gogh Museum. This makes the district a paradise for art lovers. In the Northern part of the district, the Old-South neighborhood is located. Luxurious boutiques, cafés and the majestic Concert Building can be found here. This is considered being the chicest part of the city. In streets like the P.C. Hooftstraat en Van Baerlestraat the latest fashion and exclusive brands are well represented. Also the amazing Vondelpark is located in this district. The Southern part of the district is the business centre of Amsterdam. There are mainly big offices of lawyer firms and multinationals. The modern architecture make some parts look futuristic and the public transportation towards the city and airport is great. In the afternoon the trendy cocktail bars open their doors for businesspeople that go out for a drink after work.
The city district Amsterdam South-East counts 85.000 inhabitants and is located on the route towards the city of Utrecht and near the Amsterdam South business district. For this reason, lots of businesspeople decide to stay here. In the middle of the district the AFC Ajax football stadium is located. The stadium colors red and white every other weekend and is a must for football fans. Besides the stadium there are also other types of amusement in Amsterdam South East. There is the biggest cinema of Amsterdam and it offers lots of good shopping opportunities. Every day of the week concerts of superstars can be seen at the international pop podium The Heineken Music Hall. Another nice feature is the great public transportation, you reach Amsterdam central train station in only 15 minutes.
Halfway the 20th century there again was a shortage on the housing market. The government decided to build the district New-West. Located behind Old-West, New-West is popular for the huge Sloterpark and Sloterlake, that dominate the district. This huge park is located in the middle of New-West and is a good place to relax. During the spring and summer lots of people practice water sports on the Sloterlake. The disctrict is full of modern buildings with good facilities which make it comfortable to stay here. Although the district is located a bit further from the city centre, it has very good connections to the public transportation of Amsterdam. The city centre is only 20 minutes by tram.
Old City Centre
The old city centre of Amsterdam has over 85.000 inhabitants and is the main attraction of the Dutch Capital. It is one of the biggest renaissance city centre’s of Europe, with lots of monumental buildings of the 16th and 17th century. Attractions like Dam Square, Madame Tussauds, The red-light district and China Town can be found here. It consists of small streets and has the oldest canals of the city. There are lots of cafes, galleries and theaters, together with huge shopping centers like De Bijenkorf on Dam Square. Because there are lots of tourists, this part of the city is usually very crowded. The central railway station of Amsterdam is also situated here, from which the rest of Amsterdam and The Netherlands are easily accessible.
The city district Old-West is located West of the centre and mostly consist of buildings build before the second world war. It was part of a 19th century expenditure of the city. Because Amsterdam was growing rapidly, there was a huge shortage on the housing market. As a result the government gave permission to build the new district. It was originally build for the lower class and therefore the houses where generally small. Later on the district developed itself into one of the hippest areas of Amsterdam. Small bars and cool restaurants are well represented in the district. The sometimes chaotic looking Kinkerstraat crosses the district, giving it a vibrant atmosphere. Due to the good location towards the centre, the Vondel Park and the Leidseplein locals love it.
The Canal Belt
The Amsterdam Canal Belt dates back from the 17th century and surrounds the old city centre. The “Belt” was build built so that VOC-ships packed with treasury could easily supply the city. The Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht are the three canals that surround the old centre to the Amstel river. Aside each canal are trees and roads that separate the canal houses from the water. Streets going to and coming from the centre cross the district, but hardly disturb the peace. The beautiful canal houses that Amsterdam is so famous for can be found everywhere here. Next to one of these canals the Artis Zoo is located, a beautiful zoo that is recommendable for children and animal lovers. The historical Anne Frank House and also the amazing flower market are also situated in this district. Cozy cafés and restaurants are on every street corner. Many famous neighborhoods like ‘de Jordaan’ can be found on the Canal Belt. Visitors love the charming canals and the friendly atmosphere that makes the Canal belt so unique.